The current COVID-19 crisis is stressful… We’re worried about ourselves, or the people we love, getting sick. We’re worried about the economic impact. We’re worried about practical issues, like how to work from home effectively or whether we will have enough milk, bread… Or toilet rolls.
The trouble is, stress is bad for us. Amongst other things, sustained stress compromises our immune systems. So, it’s not just preferable to be able to reduce stress, it’s essential if we are going to fight off a virus.
Here are some simple things we can do to reduce stress and improve wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis:
Limit Negative Intake
Watching endless news about the virus with emotive graphics, graphs and images, feeds our fear. So it’s important to limit our exposure to all this negativity to maybe just once or twice a day (not first thing or last thing!), and to balance negative stories with positive ones… Follow goodnews_movement on Instagram!
Organising your time and work space, planning ahead and scheduling calls and workload removes stress and makes the working day more manageable and enjoyable. Taking time to plan at the beginning of the day or week is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce stress down the line.
Create New Routines
Whether working from home or working with social distancing, we all have to find new ways to live and work. We find routine reassuring and uncertainty stressful. It’s important therefore to create new routines that work for ourselves, quickly.
Look for the Positives
Human beings always manage to find gold in the dirt. Whether war time or natural disaster, human history is full of examples of people creating good things from bad situations. So whether it’s forging stronger bonds with colleagues, spending more time with family, or becoming a video conferencing ninja, focus on, and celebrate the positives that are emerging from this crisis.
Stay Away from Conflict
In stressful times it’s easy for conflicts to arise. If you feel your buttons being pushed, take time to think and cool down before responding, deal with the facts, not emotions, and work to see the other perspective. Stress breeds conflict and conflict creates more stress. It pays to break that cycle.
Take Time for Yourself
“You can’t fill a cup from an empty jug” the saying goes. Much is going to be asked of us all, both personally and professionally over the coming weeks and months, but we can’t keep giving without taking time to refill. Listen carefully to your own needs: do you need to rest? Eat? Exercise? Sleep? Drink water?… Or simply stare out of the window? Whatever it is, give yourself permission to do it. Make sure you meet your own needs so that you can continue to meet the needs of others.
There may be some very challenging times ahead, but by following these simple suggestions, we can reduce stress and boost our immune systems!
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Author: Tim France
Date: April 2020